Here are some characters that form part of an illustration I am doing for the Museum of London. This is the kind of project I love- it features many of my favourite things: History, fighting, and scantily clad men! I will post the final image at some stage in the future if I remember, and will probably write something about the event its for, because it sounds AWESOME.
One of these isn’t coloured in because I didn’t end up using it
Its been a mad few weeks. In conjunction with getting some freelance work, my computer died a horrible gargling death right before the deadline. Hours were spent on the phone to remote IT departments in far off lands, who ultimately were unable to help. I also had the flu. It was a less than ideal situation all round. I managed to get the work done with the help of my friends, sent everything in, then locked myself out of my house… at 11.30 at night. Once again rescued by my friends. They are the tops.
So, everything seemed to be back on track, and I have some more freelance work which is brilliant, so what do I do? I manage to break the cable on my cintiq. Seriously. Something is cosmically out-of-whack right now, because everything really good is followed by something really bad is followed by something really good etc ect… its exhausting! I hope the new cable arrives soon (eugh, so expensive) because I’ve been spoiled by the cintiq. Working on a regular wacom tablet now seems like the clunkiest process in the world… How was I ever okay with this?
Anyway, suffice to say, there will be a hiatus in my comic while I get this professional work done (by the skin of my teeth yet again). In the mean time, here is some work in progress. I’m working on a series of loosely narrative images about a fictional Suburban town. I’ve decided not to go into clean-up on this until I have the cintiq up and working again, and as you can see I managed to miss a bit when I was scanning.
The cartoon has been delayed by a week because I was working on something else. So, here are some characters from the ‘something else’, followed by the cartoon. The characters are supposed to make history appealing to kids.
And the next part of my on-going mystery…
Here is a picture I did loosely themed around Walpurgisnacht, which is the eve of May Day. May Day is one of my favourite celebrations of the year, because it is so unabashedly pagan. People who might be pretty straight-laced throughout the rest of the year put flowers in their hats and run around after mad-looking effigies of god-knows-what banging drums, or dance around phallic symbols, or cover themselves in straw. I might do a colour version of this picture, just because I like colouring in! If it’s any good I’ll post it later.
And here is the next part of my Cornish mystery…
I had two pictures to post today but I didn’t have time to upload the second one so I’ll have to do it tomorrow. This is the next part of my on-going mystery
The mystery continues… I know, I know, only one page this week, sorry! I know you literally cannot sleep for not knowing why there are a small number of discoloured sea birds in a fictional seaside town, but fear not: the next one should be ready sooner.
The story continues apace…
Part the next of my Cornish detective story…
Life. It is very time-consuming. Its been a long while since my last post, and much has happened… I’ve created a lot of stuff that may or may not appear in the blog at some stage; some of it is much too rough and developmental. I am temporarily scanner-less which has made things a bit tricky, but I hope to get hold of one in the not-too-distant future.
One of the things I struggle with is having too many ideas and not enough time to execute them. One particularly light and fluffy idea that didn’t seem worthy of greatly detailed artwork but was nevertheless something I wanted to get out of my system was a series of gently surreal detective stories based in Cornwall. Hint: we’re not talking murder here.
I love Cornwall. And I love detective stories. I’ve written a few very silly stories based in the fictional Cornish town of St. Blazes, featuring detective Poltroon. The style is quick and childish. Here are the first three pages of one of the stories… I’m off to Paris for a few days after posting but hopefully I’ll be able to keep the story trickling through.